Stirling Capital Investments (SCI) announced today that it has entered into a 10-year agreement with the Victor Valley Community College (VVCC) to create a new High Desert training center at Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA). Stirling is donating an existing building for a 10 year term and VVCC will facilitate hands-on training programs to better prepare the High Desert workforce in skills needed in business today.
Superintendent – President Daniel Walden, Ph.D of the VVCC who will be operating the new High Desert Training Center, stated “We have an opportunity to work with our local manufacturing, transportation and logistics industries, among others, to better understand the skill sets businesses need today and for the future. The goal of the new training center is to be responsive to what will propel the economy of the High Desert region forward,”.
“The City of Victorville is pleased to see our relationship with VVCC expanding at SCLA,” said Victorville Mayor, Gloria Garcia. “We remain excited that our community will have new opportunities and pathways to employment with our growing industries at SCLA.”
Stirling President & CEO Dougall Agan added that, “SCLA is home to a number of major manufacturers and employers which provide us with immediate input on what our local businesses need to continue to grow. Qualified highly-skilled employees are always in demand when businesses are relocating to a new region for expansion or planning future investment. We are excited to help make this new training center a reality.” Kim Snyder, President of the West Region for Prologis who is partner with Stirling Development at SCLA, added “One of the benefits of having this training center at SCLA is that it helps support our current and future tenants by providing an in-place workforce as well as training for additional skills that could be useful in the advancement of their manufacturing procedures,”.
“We appreciate the support of business partners such as Stirling and Prologis who are helping attract and train a larger pool of skilled workers,” said San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board Chair Tony Myrell. “Similar to the impact of the InTech Center in Fontana, we expect the High Desert Training Center will be a game changer in providing the training that helps position the Inland Empire’s skilled workforce as a competitive advantage and attracts companies looking to expand or relocate to Southern California. The County looks forward to helping create the classrooms and hands-on instruction required to build a quality training center that supports the growing skilled labor pool in the High Desert for many years to come.”
Stirling has long supported the County of San Bernardino as a major investor in the area. Stirling’s Vice President, Asset Services & Corporate Relations, Anita Tuckerman, was appointed by Supervisor Robert Lovingood to serve on the San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board.
“This High Desert training center will bring accessibility to individuals within the High Desert and surrounding areas to acquire in-demand manufacturing skills to better position them for employment in living-wage and higher paying positions with growth potential,” First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood said. “This center is the result of the active engagement of Victor Valley Community College, San Bernardino County Workforce Development, and industry partners such as Stirling and Prologis, who have partnered to provide a facility that is tailored to the workforce needs of local industry. Our County leadership is committed to building a strong, pro-business region and we are proud to be a partner in the development of this High Desert training center.”
Originally built in the 1970’s as part of the former George Air Force Base, SCI has adopted a creative re-use plan for the approximately 66,000 square foot structure which is now undergoing an extensive remodel and upgrade to accommodate the VVCC training center and other tenants. Stirling Development’s in-house team is overseeing the design and construction process to transform the building into the high-tech facility envisioned by the VVCC.
Stirling Capital Investments has completed more than 4.5 million square feet of class-A industrial warehouse and distribution facilities at SCLA. Notable global tenants at the project are Newell Brands (the parent company for brands such as Rubbermaid®, Graco ®, Mr. Coffee®, Food Saver®, Yankee Candle® and Sharpie®), Plastipak Packaging, Arden Companies, United Furniture, Dr. Pepper / Snapple, Red Bull, Mission Foods, Sparkletts, General Electric, FedEx and more.